September

Hislop injured in race one at Rockingham

Hislop injured in race one at Rockingham

Steve Hislop’s championship could be in serious doubt after a crash in the first race at Rockingham Motor Speedway. It’s left him with a compound fracture of the right ankle, a dislocated ankle, and a...

Boxer aims for the mainstream with B2

Boxer aims for the mainstream with B2

French firm Boxer is about to move into the mainstream with a new model unveiled at the Paris bike show – a naked roadster called the B2.Like the firm’s previous VB1, it uses the 60-degree, 995cc...

See video of our CBR600 on the dyno

See video of our CBR600 on the dyno

My bike not only looks good – it goes well, too. With 10,000 miles showing, the engine had loosened up completely and was producing a genuine 95bhp at the rear wheel on the dyno of BSD...

Your 2002 new bike questions answered

We were at the Paris Show on Thursday with many of motorcycling’s big cheeses and asked for your questions about the new bikes of 2002 to put to them. We had a huge response in a very short time and we’re sorry if yours is one of the questions we didn’t have time to answer.Many people who e-mailed in received individual replies. Others are listed below.Don’t worry if yours was missed out. We’re...

World’s fastest bikes

World’s fastest bikes

Fastest bikes in the world? Has to include an R1 doesn’t it?

Budget MZ racing for beginners

Budget MZ racing for beginners

YES! I’m doing it! I’m actually doing it! Do you recognise those words? They’re what went through your head when you were in the process of losing your virginity. And they’re also going through mine...

If the Clangers had trials bikes…

If the Clangers had trials bikes…

Didn’t this used to be on children’s TV?

Kit turns R1 into GP look-a-like

Kit turns R1 into GP look-a-like

A new bodykit from France gives the R1 the look of Yamaha’s new four-stroke GP racer.Essonne Motos OW-M1 replica bodywork bolts straight on to any R1.There’s a headlight tucked under the nose and a...

Jeremy McWilliams: in his own words

Emma: Just to let you know that Craig Kelly, from Chorley is racing your 1996/1997 Honda GP250 (second bike). He has just come second at the Ace of Aintree championship. He'd like to say it's still pulling well and keep on riding well in the championship! My question is...what do you think of the scrapping of the 250 class. We are all so upset and angry at what the big boys are...

Extreme Performance Blade

Extreme Performance Blade

It’s safe to say MCN road tester and ex-world endurance racer Dave Hill is impressed by Extreme Performance’s 2000 Blade. He blurts: " This is excellent. Effin’ lovely. It handles, it turns in...

It’s a question of balance

It’s a question of balance

Steve Colley gets some on-the-job coaching.

R1 at the TT

R1 at the TT

V&M make an impression at the 99 TT

Touring on a Deauville, F650 and Tmax

Touring on a Deauville, F650 and Tmax

There’s something strangely satisfying about sitting in a field with just a thin piece of canvas, a few poles, a bike, some beers and a throwaway barbecue for company.Maybe it appeals to the part of...

Your interview with Jeremy McWilliams

Your interview with Jeremy McWilliams

250GP star Jeremy McWilliams was in our VIP Lounge in Talk Bikes on Thursday September 27 answering your questions.To see a full transcript click on the link on the right " Jeremy McWilliams: in...

Name an unsung riding hero

Name an unsung riding hero

We already honour the greatest rider of the year with our annual MCN Man of the Year accolade. And we recognise the best in motorcycling products, services and models with a series of other important...

Robots ready to deal with accidents

There is a 21st century equivalent for little old ladies with tea and sympathy, it’s a new droid from the University of (where else?) California.They will be stationed alongside major roads and despatched the moment a roadside camera spots anything approaching an accident (your bike nestling in a hedge, for example).While it is not known whether the droid will carry a flask of hot, sweet tea, it...

Paris Show opens on Friday

Paris Show opens on Friday

You can see and read about most of them on motorcyclenews.com, but unless you were at the Milan Show in Italy, the chances are you have yet to see the 2002 R1, FireBlade, ZX-6R, ZX-12 and the rest in...

How to go MZ racing

How to go MZ racing

How to turn an MZ into a race bike: They’re clunky, low-tech and have been objects of ridicule for years – but turning an old MZ ETZ251 into a race bike is remarkably easy.First, get yourself a bike.

See our CBR600 screaming on the dyno

See our CBR600 screaming on the dyno

As part of our long term testing of a 2001 CBR600, we’ve had it on the dyno, and filmed the run for you to share.Follow the link, right, to be taken to Jon Urry’s latest long term test report,...

Strange but true

Here’s our latest round-up of motorcycle-related oddities. If you have one worthy of inclusion, e-mail jon.urry@emap.comGermany: Rider Michael Gruber is recovering after a nasty accident on his FireBlade. His penis was ripped clean off by his petrol tank when he hit a tree on his bike but amazingly surgeons have managed to replace it with one made from a muscle in his arm! According to Gruber his...

The trike young mums will like

The trike young mums will like

A scooter with room for the kids could tap into a new market for motorcycling: young mums. Nick Graveley’s final-year project in his transport design course at Coventry University is the three-wheeled...

CBR916RR

CBR916RR

Alan Wills’ 1994 FireBlade is loaded with some of the finest aftermarket components and tune-up goodies you’ll find, from the digital SPA rev counter with integrated speedo to the hand-crafted...

Always on top

Bikes always seem to come out on top.

Rossi Blade

Rossi Blade

Andy Hacker bought his FireBlade from Carbontek two years ago. The firm had used it as its show bike, but had put everything back to standard except the polished frame and swingarm before selling it...

NitroBlade

NitroBlade

Joe Pleterski was one of the very first British FireBlade disciples – but that doesn’t mean he just sat back and worshipped the bike he has owned since August 1992. No, he reckoned he could improve on...

How much does it cost, and can you build a bike from scratch?

How much does it cost, and can you build a bike from scratch?

Building a race bike from scratchBuilding an MZ race bike is so easy, even I managed it. When a mate told me he was interested in racing, I decided to try building a bike for him out of my spares. The...

Fireblade combination

Fireblade combination

I hAVE never ridden (driven?) a sidecar – and a FireBlade-engined one probably isn’t the most sensible way to lose my three-wheeled virginity. So I’m grateful for small mercies when I’m told the...

Firebird

Firebird

Things are starting to make sense now to MCN road tester Kev Smith. He’s just noticed the bright yellow, stripped-to-the-bone special he’s just been riding has a 150bhp Blackbird engine in place of...

Some very unusual FireBlades

Some very unusual FireBlades

Here’s a paradox of human nature: You want the same thing as everyone else, only you’d like it to be slightly different. Marketing types latched on to this years ago – the Re-mix, the Special Edition,...

If you’re going to court soon…

If you’re going to court soon…

Are you about to go to court for a bike offence? Will it be your first time? If so, RiDE magazine would like to talk to you.RiDE is putting together an article about how to deal with a court...

MV Agusta updates line-up for 2002

MV Agusta updates line-up for 2002

MV Agusta has announced changes to its 2002 line-up amid strong suggestions that Italian scooter giant Piaggio is about to increase its 20 per cent holding in the firm to 100 per cent.And that’s...

Suzuki’s 2002 GSX-Rs

Suzuki’s 2002 GSX-Rs

Here are our first pictures of Suzuki’s 2002 GSX-R1000, 750 and 600.The only change to the GSX-R1000 is to its graphics. There are tweaks to the red/black/silver and blue/white schemes.The GSX-R750...

Mondial claims first owners will get bikes within a month

Mondial claims first owners will get bikes within a month

Mondial is claiming the first of its new superbikes will be delivered to owners within a month.The firm used the Milan Show to finalise a dealer and importer network. The finalised bike has revised...

First test of Kawasaki’s VN1500 Meanstreak

First test of Kawasaki’s VN1500 Meanstreak

Kawasaki’s MeanStreak isn’t just an excuse for another exercise in chrome. It’s a performance cruiser and a real blast.On an arrow-straight motorway in the Netherlands with my chin on the tank and the...

TM ready to roll with new Supermotard

TM ready to roll with new Supermotard

Italian manufacturer TM has revealed a new 400cc four-stroke supermoto with a cast single-sided swingarm and a rim-mounted front brake disc.The TM400 Supermotard’s swingarm is similar to that on...

Hailwood’s widow takes legal action against Ducati

Hailwood’s widow takes legal action against Ducati

Updated at 5.30pm on Thursday, September 27Mike Hailwood’s widow Pauline has spoken out after starting legal action against Ducati over the MH900e, or Mike Hailwood Evoluzione.She is upset over the...